Special Secretary for Civil Protection

George M. Karagiannis was born in 1980 and raised in Patras, Greece.

He earned his Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from Saint-Etienne School of Mines, France. In his dissertation, he developed a methodology for the assessment of emergency operations plans. He also holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Disaster Management and Business Administration.

From 2016 to 2019, he was Technical Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Center, where his area of expertise revolved around emergency management, critical infrastructure protection and hybrid threats. Prior to joining the Joint Research Center, he was Disaster Management Consultant both in Greece and abroad. Among others, he was the Lead Expert on the development of Malta’s National Risk Assessment. He also was a Research Scientist at the Technical University of Crete, Greece. As Visiting Professor, he has taught emergency management and disaster resilience in France, and has publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He speaks English, French and Italian, and is a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.